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Context, Judgement and Informal Learning at Work: An Investigation of Factors Crucial for Enhancing Performance

Funding: 2004: $30,000
2005: $30,000
2006: $30,000

Project Member(s): Hager, P.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)
Australian Research Council (Other funds for ARC projects)

Start year: 2004

Summary: This project investigates learning that enables people to perform well the demanding aspects of their occupations. Detailed case studies of critical incidents in a range of workplaces will be constructed and the learning or otherwise by key players involved in these incidents will be elucidated and analysed. These findings will test and refine a theory of learning at work that conceptualises it, at its best, as a growing capacity to make appropriate context-sensitive judgements. Developing a sound theory of workplace learning is very important because, though it is currently a major policy focus, received theories are of limited explanatory value.''

Publications:

Hager, P & Johnsson, MC 2012, 'Collective learning practice' in Hager, P, Lee, A & Reich, A (eds), Practice, learning and change: Practice-theory perspectives on professional learning, Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 249-265.
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Halliday, J & Johnsson, MC 2012, 'A MacIntyrian perspective on organizational learning' in Scott, D (ed), Theories of learning. Volume 2: Models of learning. SAGE Series of Educational Thought & Practice, SAGE Publications Ltd, London, pp. 123-140.

Johnsson, MC 2012, 'Sensing the tempo-rhythm of practice: The dynamics of engagement' in Hager, P, Lee, A & Reich, A (eds), Practice, learning and change: Practice-theory perspectives on professional learning, Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 51-65.
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Hager, P & Johnsson, MC 2009, 'Learning to become a professional orchestral musician: going beyond skill and technique', Journal of Vocational education and Training, vol. 61, no. 2, pp. 103-118.
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Halliday, J & Johnsson, MC 2009, 'A MacIntyrian perspective on organisational learning', Management Learning, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 37-51.
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Hager, P & Johnsson, MC 2009, 'Understanding learning at work: judgement and the goods of practice', Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning, 6th International Conference on Researching Work and Leanring, Roskilde University, Univeristy of Roskilde, Roskilde, Denmark, pp. 1-10.

Price, O & Johnsson, MC 2009, 'Through the practice looking glass: Re-viewing workers as practitioners', 23rd ANZAM Conference 2009 'Sustainability Management and Marketing', Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, Crown Promenade Hotel, Southbank, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 1-16.
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Hager, P & Johnsson, MC 2008, 'Working outside the comfort of competence in a corrections centre', Australasian Journal of Correctional Staff Development, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 1-11.

Johnsson, MC & Hager, P 2008, 'Navigating the wilderness of becoming professional', Journal of Workplace Learning, vol. 20, no. 7/8, pp. 526-536.
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Johnsson, MC 2005, 'Internal versus external goods - a useful distinction for understanding productive workplace learning', Proceedings of the AARE 2005 International Education Research Conference, Australian Association for Research in Education, University of Western Sydney, Parramatta, Australia, pp. 1-10.
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Hager, P 2005, 'Current Theories of Workplace Learning: A critical assessment' in Bascia, N, Cumming, A, Datnow, A, Leithwood, K & Livingstone, D (eds), International Handbook of Educational Policy (Part Two), Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands, pp. 829-846.
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Hager, P 2005, 'The importance of context to understanding learning', Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Researching Work and Learning: RWL4 2005, International Conference on Researching Work and Learning, OVAL UTS, Sydney, Australia, pp. 1-10.
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Hager, P 2005, 'Understanding Workplace Judgements: Internal and External Goods', Vocational Learning: Transitions, Interrelationships, Partnerships and Sustainable Futures. Proceedings of the 13th Annual Conference on Post-compulsory Education and Training Vol 1, Annual Conference on Post-compulsory Education and Training, Australian Academic Press, Gold Coast, Australia, pp. 258-265.
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Johnsson, MC, Athanasou, J & Hager, P 2005, 'Judgements as a basis for informal workplace learning - preliminary research findings', Proceedings of 4th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning RWL4 2005, International Conference on Researching Work and Learning, OVAL, UTS, Sydney, Australia, pp. 1-10.
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Keywords: informal learning workplace learning judgement contextuality practices holism

FOR Codes: History and Philosophy of Education, Teacher Education: Vocational Education and Training, Industrial and Organisational Psychology, Vocational education and training, Occupational training, Work not elsewhere classified, Education and Training not elsewhere classified, Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators